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Good motorcycle roads - Mt Lindsey

Mt Lindsey

Update 2011. Since I first posted this road has become much more popular. There has been some much needed resurfacing of the QLD side and this year some resurfacing of the NSW section as well even though it was not in bad shape. 

From Beaudesert go on to Rathdowney (or you may want to go across the Boonah and then back to Rathdowney) then on to Mt Lindsey highway to the border. This used to be one of the interstate routes south 30/40 years ago but has been mostly unused for about as long and was once in poor condition and unsealed for parts. Now it has a mixed surface, hotmix in parts and is lightly used by just local traffic.

The road to the range is open with a few sweeping corners as it passes through many farms. The climb on the range is very scenic and has lots of tight hotmix corners, then into the forest on the QLD side that has obviously been logged over the years and really thinned out. A long series of tight corners some almost hairpins, here the road surface is bumpy in a few places and starting to be resealed in parts, nothing to worry a rider with suspension set compliant.

After the border your jaw will drop in surprise, here in the middle of nowhere you enter a rainforest with one of the best sections of road imaginable. Not new but still in good condition, beautiful twisty curves snaking their way through the forest its something special and nobody around to spoil the fun.

After this the road opens and you can head on to the Summerland Way to Kyogle or to the small town of Woodenbong. I usually make it part of a loop to Kyogle and Uki and Gold Coast hinterland.

This road is much better riding than the overrated Lions Rd but then you can easy make a loop of both for a nice day out.


  1. This road is one of my favourite rides and is worth riding the boring section between Beaudesert and Rathdowney. The transformation in the road surface after the border is amazing. The Qld government really is sloppy in it's attitudes to roads given the money they are awash in.
    The view of the spectacular Mt Lindsay from various angles as you travl through are fantastic and the call of the Bellbirds after the border crossing make for a memorable journey.

  2. Yep I agree, the more I ride this and Summerland way the more I like it!

    There is some amazing views nearby too. The Mt Barney view road has just that and another rock formation view that is excellent. Also ride on to Urbenville past Woodenbong and then go up to the Toolum forest and return for excellent views over another rock formation.

  3. Hey Chef, Just thought I'd drop yuo a line after stumbling across your blog on Mt Lindesay/Summerland Way etc. I recently attended a conference in Brisbane and combined business with pleasure and rode up instead of flying up.( I live on the Central Coast, NSW) We (a mate and I) came up via Thunderbolt's, Waterfall Way, Summerland Way and after viewing your blog included Mt Lindesay. Glad I did! Great scenery, great road (on one side of the border, anyway, but still worth it) and the only way to go to a conference! Over 1780 kms and part of it was thanks to your informative blog, well done! We went home via the New England until Thunderbolts, Dungog, Maitland and home. Keep up the good work!

  4. That's a great set of roads Rod, If you do similar in future consider going back via Numinbah valley, Uki, Kyogle which is another great ride.

  5. Hey Iron Chef, how long does it take to get to Woodenbong from Brisbane? Google Maps reckons 2hrs15mins but that seems a bit long to me for only 140-odd km. Is there anything there once you get there?

    Congratulations on the site too. It's a great resource for Brisbane riders. Keep up the good work.

  6. Hi Gary,

    I would estimate two hours for the trip - you slow once arriving at Greenbank then from there into the City can be slowish at times.

    Not much at Woodenbong, Pub and general store is about it really!

  7. I've run this way between Brisbane-Lismore quite a number of times, it really is magnificent.

    However, when in the area, don't be tempted by the Lions Road's interesting history and enticingly squiggly appearance. It's *awful*.


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